Summerbridge band keeps brass flag flying

The Summerbridge and Dacre Prize Silver Band pictured in 1965.

The Summerbridge and Dacre Prize Silver Band pictured in 1965.

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The golden days of brass bands in the Dales may be over, in terms of sheer numbers at least, but one outfit is still going strong more than 100 years on.

The Summerbridge and Dacre Prize Silver Band has been through a difficult time following the death of its much-loved and highly-respected musical director, Arthur Laycock but it’s embarking on a fresh start with renewed hope for the future.

Other bands in Nidderdale may have folded over the years as the mills and mines closed down but the Summerbridge and Dacre Band now rehearses regularly on Thursday nights and is welcoming back any past players to the band plus new players, too.

Its new musical director, Charles Hindmarsh, believes the brass band movement provides a truly wonderful learning experience for youngsters and adults.

Inspired as a youngster by Tewit Youth Band and Harrogate High School Concert Band, he said: “It is a privilege to become part of over 100 years of band history. I am a great believer in helping and playing with other local bands to support the brass band movement.

“It’s also quite a responsibility to ensure that the band keeps going for another 100 years, although I cannot guarantee I’ll be around to see that!

The band rehearses regularly on Thursday nights between 7.30pm and 9.30pm in the methodist church hall in Darley.

If you’re interested in joining, re-joining or learning to play, contact Charles Hindmarsh on 07979 686675 or email him at charles.hindmarsh@tiscali.co.uk

www.nidderdalebrass.co.uk